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"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear power plants in Iran by China," Chairman of the Iranian parliament's Nuclear Committee Mojtaba Zonnour said.

He explained that the talks were held during the recent Iran-China conference on nuclear cooperation hosted by China in the presence of a number of Iranian legislators.

"The Chinese welcomed the proposal and it was decided that the issue be pursued at other (higher) levels," Zonnour added.

Small nuclear reactors have various uses in different industries, including shipbuilding and construction of submarines.

In relevant remarks in January, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Ahmadian announced that China and Russia had voiced enthusiasm for the construction of small nuclear reactors in Iran.

"The Chinese have worked a lot in this field and some negotiations have been held with them. They are interested in cooperation with Iran in this field. Also Russia has worked on small units (of nuclear reactors) for vessels and we have also announced our interest to cooperate with them in this sector," Ahmadian said.

"Iran has studied different countries which have worked on the small reactors technology and are willing to cooperate with Iran and is in talks with them," he added.

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